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View Diary: TX-Gov: PPP, Wendy Davis' (D) Popularity Rises But Rick Perry (R) Still Leads In Governors Race (16 comments)

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  •  Pres Obama was 47-48 yo wasn't he? (1+ / 0-)
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    Bush will be land commissioner for four years, use that to propel himself to Governor in 2018, run for re-election in 2022 and then run for President in 2024 while sitting Governor of Texas.  

    If Abbott wins in 2014, Bush can't primary him in 2018, meaning Bush is locked out of prominent office unless he primaries Cornyn or Cruz.

    So Perry will certainly run for re-election in 2014 and will retire then in 2018, with GPB waiting in the wings with the deck virtually cleared.  

    Bushes don't challenge sitting Presidents.  So if he isn't in place to run for 2024, he'll be locked out until 2032, still the ripe age of 57ish but he'd need an interim post after his Governor stint.  

    This all might sound hair-brained and too long off but Bush Clan are long term strategists. As you've said, his whole life has been about checking the right boxes.  His Land Commissioner gig is along that same path, it's a stepping stone to the Texas Governor's mansion.  

    If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:35:32 AM PDT

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    •  JJ - I think you are right (0+ / 0-)

      It will be interesting to see if it plays out that way. I do think there are formidable Democrats in Texas that will be his rivals, including the Castro brothers along with many others.

      The few things that I thought were most interesting were his decisions to go to law school at UT, rather than Yale or Harvard, and joining the Naval Reserve at age 31, both of which will play well in Texas. The Castro brothers went to Stanford and then Harvard Law School, which I think for them was also very smart political optics.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 01:20:30 PM PDT

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